Life is sweet in the King Valley.

Discover the Italian spirit of the King Valley’s winemaking families, at La Dolce Vita wine and food festival.

It is with great regret that the Wines of the King Valley can now confirm that this year’s La Dolce Vita Festival, scheduled for November 21 + 22, has been cancelled.

We had hoped that Victoria would be open enough to allow us the numbers of visitors to make the festival both safe and feasible, but that is clearly not the case. The current level of restrictions do not allow us the confidence to assess that enough will change over the next month for a regionwide festival to be possible.

La Dolce Vita Festival is a highlight of the calendar for so many visitors to the King Valley, not only from Victoria but also interstate and even internationally. It is the perfect way to welcome the Spring weather to our stunning region, celebrating with the wines, the food, produce and the winery families who have made the King Valley one of the most hospitable regions in Australia.

We look forward to returning Saturday 21 + Sunday 22 November, 2021 with a full festival in the King Valley that continues to celebrate everything we live for…La Dolce Vita.

While the Wines of the King Valley will not be hosting a regionwide event this year, we know that our wineries all have their own individual plans for the weekend of 21 + 22 November. Please check in with winery websites and social media to see what they have planned. They would love to see you on this weekend, and indeed on any day you can visit (within the travel restrictions of course). Remember also that most King Valley wineries have their wines available for sale via their websites. Please continue to support them while enjoying a glass of Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Rosato, Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo or any of the other varieties from the region, in the comfort of your own home.

For anyone who pre-purchased festival tickets for 2020, you will be refunded. Refunds will be processed on request to [email protected]

Accommodation-wise, if you have prebooked, we would love it if you would consider shifting your accommodation booking to 2021 (rather than cancelling). This would provide great support to the small operators of our region. In 2021, La Dolce Vita Festival is scheduled for Saturday 20 + Sunday 21 November.

We look forward to seeing you here in the King Valley very soon.

For any enquiries, please email [email protected]

 

Wine in the sun at La Dolce Vita, King Valley
Photo by Erin Davis-Hartwig

Wine

Enjoy both new and museum release poured by the winemakers, along with prosecco cocktails and wine spritzes for fun. Salute!

Cannoli, King Valley
Photo by Erin Davis-Hartwig

Food

From nonna’s gnocchi to delicious dishes from renowned chefs, the festival is the ultimate gourmet weekend with something for everyone. Buon appetito!

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Festival fun

Much more than great food and wine, there’s live music and local produce markets for grown-ups, as well as face painting, fun and games galore for little ones.

Getting here

The Hume Freeway, the Maroondah and Midland Highways, and the Great Alpine Road feed into the region – the journey from Melbourne is a comfortable 3 hours, or 4 hours from Canberra. All roads leading to the region are sealed, and offer spectacular views.

Albury Airport facilitates daily flights between Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane, operated by Qantas Link, REX, Virgin Airlines and JETGO. All major rental car agencies are based at the airport. Wangaratta railway station is on the main Sydney-Melbourne rail link.

Staying here

If you'd like to stay in the valley, look for accomodation in Milawa, Oxley, Moyhu, Myrrhee, King Valley, Whitfield or Cheshunt.

Check out local options

Or, if you'd like to explore one of the other beautiful towns of the High Country when you visit, try Wangaratta, Albury, Wodonga, Beechworth, Bright, Myrtleford or Porepunkah.

Look further afield

Getting around

There are lengthy distances between many of our wineries. We recommend planning your itinerary in advance and carpooling with a group of friends.

Local operators offer shuttle services, public tours and private hire for our festivals. Search for North East Coachlines, Warrawee Busline and King Valley Winery Tours.

Something else?

If you have a question about planning your itinerary, distances between wineries or anything else, please get in touch via the 'Send us a message' button at the bottom of this screen - we would be delighted to help.

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